Jan 262017

Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Floral Toner is non-water based facial toner, loaded with antioxidants and soothing ingredients – all that for an incredibly affordable price and a scent that will keep you coming back for more.

Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Floral Toner Review

A big box full of empty Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Floral Toners – is what I’ve amassed in the past years. The Andalou Naturals toner checks all of my skincare demands: it’s not water based, it’s a rose toner, it contains a load of excellent ingredients, smells divinely and is ridiculously affordable to top it all. I could just end my review right here and now, and just say I highly recommend it!

But you know I have to give you a more detailed review than that.

Over the years, Andalou Naturals is a brand whose products I’ve been stocking up nearly every month – from skincare, body care and hair care, so yes – you can expect a lot more reviews from this brand in the upcoming months, and there’s hardly I product I use (and have been using for years) which I wouldn’t recommend; like the Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Floral Toner I’ll review today, as well as, for example, Andalou Naturals Facial Scrub.

Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Floral Toner comes in a bright pink spray bottle for precise application; there’s a generous 178ml of this amazing toner. The spray gives a precise application- whether you apply the toner directly on your face before moisturizer, or for refreshing your makeup.

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Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Floral TonerWhat you’ll notice, right of the bat, is that this toner smells divine – the same goes for the Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Collection as a whole. The scent is so feminine and so roses – so of course, for someone, who likes roses as much as I do, the scent is a winner in itself; BUT! – this is what I must point out – the source of the scent is not natural. Yes, the toner does contain geranium and damascena rose. But the scent is that which could indicate its source is not natural; the Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Floral Toner contains a fragrance and masking ingredient, (which, of course, smells of roses) called phenethyl alcohol.

My skincare routine has always consisted of using a facial toner first thing in the morning – I actually wash my face with a toner and use it again, usually spraying it before applying a moisturizer. I use it during the day, especially in summer, to freshen up. And in the evening, I use it for my cleaning ritual before applying night treatments; this is exactly how I’ve been using the Andalou Naturals rose toner as well. As I use toner for my eyes as well, it’s really important the toner does not irritate my eyes, and Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Floral Toner does not.

The Andalou Natural 1000 Roses Floral Toner is packed with awesome ingredients – the antioxidants are abundent. I must put an emphasis, again, on the fact this Andalou Naturals toner is based on aloe very and rose hydrolate. There’s too many toners out there, which are based on water, so you never know whether you’re paying and getting a bottle of water with a small % of other ingredients added.

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Before we take a closer look at the ingredients, I have to point out a similar issue I’ve raised in 100% Pure foundation review – the extracts and the lack of the INCI classification: There are extracts, which go through unnatural process and are usually themselves preserved with such preservatives, such as phenoxyethanol. In short – I’d like to see INCI ingredients list. Also, the claim behind stem cell notion may be a bit misleading; the function that fruit stem cells have for fruits is not the same they would have for human skin.

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So let’s take a closer look at the ingredients.

Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis juice*, rosa damascena (rose) distillate*, panthenol (pro-vitamin B5), tocopherol (vitamin E), lauric acid, phytocelltec (alpine rose, malus domestsica, solar vitis) and bioactive 8 berry complex*, soothing complex: [hyaluronic acid, magnolia officinalis bark, phoenix dactylifera (date) leaf cell and boswellia serrata (boswellin) extracts], punica granatum (pomegranate) extract*, hibiscus sabdariffa and camellia sinensis (white tea) extracts*†, phenethyl alcohol, ethylhexylglycerin, citrus tangerina (tangerine) and pelargonium graveolens (rose geranium) oils*, rosa centifolia (rose) oil. * Organic † Fair Trade

Aloe vera has hydrating and anti aging properties. It rejuvenates and tightens the skin.  Panthenol (pro-vitamin B5), is a moisturizer, lubricant and a thickening agent. Tocopherol  is Vitamin E, an antioxidant. Grape seed oil is rich with fatty acids and highly potent antioxidants (such as Vitamin E), which lessen the damage of free radicals, as well as Vitamin A, Vitamin B and Vitamin C.

Lauric acid, a naturally occurring fatty acid common in coconut oil, has antibiotic, anti-viral and antimicrobial properties; it reduces inflammation and acne breakouts. Hyaluronic acid is a very potent humectant, hailed for its great water-binding properties. It creates a non-sticky film on the skin, retaining the moisture in the skin. It smooths the skin.

Fruit extracts are potent antioxidants: Malus Domestsica (apple stem cell extract) has anti-aging properties, it promotes radiant, youthful skin and a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles. Magnolia Officinalis Bark has anti-inflammatory properties and fights against wrinkling and sagging skin. Another two potent antioxidants are Hibiscus Sabdariffa extract and White Tea extract.

Boswellia Serrata extract has astringent, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties; it promotes soft and smooth skin. Punica Granatum (pomegranate) extract, a potent antioxidant, is high in ellagic acid, essential acids and Omega5. Citrus Tangerina (tangerine) has antiseptic and is great for acne-prone skin.

And then there are roses: rosa damascena (rose) distillate, alpine rose,  pelargonium graveolens (rose geranium) oil, and rosa centifolia (rose) oil.

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Potentially problematic ingredients?

  • Phenethyl alcohol: an aromatic alcohol (roses scent), masking agent, fragrance agent, preservative. It occurs naturally in the environment. It is produced by microorganisms, plants, and animals. Phenethyl Alcohol has been found in a number of natural essential oils. Andalou Naturals does not state the Phenethyl Alcohol in their products is a naturally occurring constituent of essential oils.
  • Ethylhexylglycerin, a weak preservative; could be irritating to skin and eyes.

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My final word?

A few of the claims regarding Andalou Naturals products, specifically the ingredients such as (fruit) stem cells and the lack of the proper INCI classification do minimize a bit the value of natural products promise. However, there’s also a lot of natural and skin-beneficial ingredients, especially antioxidants in Andalou Natural products for me to keep going back to them (so keep an eye on my blog, as I’ll bring you more Andalou Naturals reviews). Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Floral Toner is not exception; I’ve been using it for years, and never experienced any side effects. I keep at least one bottle in my fridge at all times (this facial toner, straight from the fridge during summer is a treat for skin).

The price? Very affordable – 178ml of this toner costs around €10 and the bottle lasts for 2 months; and keep in mind, I am not all that modest with my usage of toners.

Should I even say whether I’d buy it again?

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Are you familiar with Andalou Naturals? Have you tried their floral toner? What’s your take on it?

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For more information on Andalou Naturals, visit their dedicated brand page.

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The Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Floral Toner has been purchased by myself, many times over. The post contains affiliate links.

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